DATÇA PENINSULA WITH THE AEGEAN IN ITS NORTH AND THE MEDITERRANEAN IN ITS SOUTH HAS ITS BEST TIMES THROUGH THE END OF SUMMER.
Sail to Inceburun, one of the Datça coves, by Damla, Captain Aydın’s boat, on a day in September. Captain Aydın seems as if he has jumped out of the pages of the famous comic book Asterix. He anchors at the coves with clear waters, grills fish, and makes eight-layered salad. Don’t miss to visit the farmers’ market on Saturday. The market is set during the cool hours.
A September like a sorbet
Septembers are beautiful in Datça where the Aegean and the Mediterranean meet. The Fisherman of Halicarnassus, Cevat Şakir had said once that, “The climate is in the dimensions of a human. Its warmth and its coldness don’t excess the limits of human toleration. It is not necessary to fix the climate with a coat or a fireplace or a fan,” about this weather. Datça Peninsula with the Aegean in its north and the Mediterranean in its south has its best days through the end of summer. The humidity level goes down as the oxygen level goes up and the wind helps us to breathe. The seafood restaurants that are lined along the coast beginning from the Datça Harbor place their tables and chairs on the beach towards sunset. The farmers’ market of Datça is very modest and domestic. The evil eyes that are made out of almonds, seashells, and fabric pieces on the stands add color to your shopping experience.
The real Datça when the moon is full
Kargı is one of the bays of the peninsula that faces the Mediterranean. It is protected from the north and southwest winds. The creek that is fed by the waters that come through the northern slopes is going to help you feel fresh. Be at Kargı when the moon is full and the night is silent; because that is when you are going to meet the real Datça. Muhtar Orhan’s Café, which is the usual haunt of the Old Datça that is identified with Can Yücel is open until late hours. The traces of the Greek architecture along the streets that are embellished by bougainvilleas are visible.
Inlets and villages among the pine forests
You should see the villages and inlets of the Datça Peninsula. Advancing through this destination by taking breaks to swim in the waters of the bays, you can end the route in the waters of history at the ancient city of Knidos. Stop by at the Hayıt Bay, which is one of the bays of Mesudiye village that you can reach through the pine forests, Kızılbük, Ova Bay, and Palamut Bay, which is the most popular among the bays of the peninsula. One of the two untouched bays is Kurubük and the other one is named as Akçabük but the locals call it Aquarium because of its clear waters. The locals sell almonds, olives, honey, olive oil, carob, and carob molasses. Be at the ancient city of Knidos towards the sunset.
The stars have never been that shiny
It shouldn’t be easy to reach to a paradise called “Amazon.” Otherwise, it couldn’t last that beautiful. No matter how tough the route is, many untouched bays and the whole beauty of the Gulf of Gökova that would tempt the photography lovers are going to accompany you along the road. This is one of the locations that you can watch the stars through naked eyes since there is no light pollution. When the darkness falls, turn off the headlights of your vehicle and feel that you are one with nature.
A jungle in Gökova
The sea moves into the pine forests like a channel and advances through their depths, then the forests become a jungle soon. Bördübet and the next bay Amazon, which are located in the section of the Datça Peninsula that faces the Gulf of Gökova, are located in the Special Environment Protection Zone and the housing is minimal. According to the locals, this place was named as ‘bird the bed’ by the British soldiers who were once hiding at that location because of the large number of birds that inhabited the place. The bay that is surrounded by the pine trees is cool even during the hottest summer days since it is a forested land.
The sky from where you lay down
The actual name of Amazon, the most twisted cove of the Gulf of Gökova, is Gücük – Günlük or Maden Cove. The place takes its present name after over thirty years from a family management called Club Amazon, the only accommodation located at the vicinity. The cove, which is intertwined with pine and sweetgum forests, is clean and deep. The daily visitors of this hidden harbor, which is far from the civilization, can share the beach umbrellas and lounges located along the coast with the guests of Club Amazon. Tours by fishing boats to surrounding coves are organized and wind surfing lessons are given. You can row a canoe through the silent waters of the cove when it is not crowded, watch the sunset after reaching to the point known as ‘The End’ by bike, play ping-pong at the camp, participate in trekking and off-road tours. Pop-corn which is made over the pine cone fire at the fireplace located at the common area, Turkish coffee, Amazon bread, and five o’clock cakes are among the flavors that the frequenters of the Club know well. It is a great ambience for kids and animals, too.
A natural maze through the reeds
You are going to arrive to Dalyan towards Köyceğiz-Ortaca after leaving this quiet region. Stop at Yuvarlakçay, which turns into an oasis in summers. Have lamb tandouri and trout with butter, cooked in earthenware, at one of the restaurants settled on wooden porches over the creek. The water temperature of Yuvarlakçay, which is surrounded by sweetgum trees, is 13 degrees. The water is suitable to swim and to drink. The life at Dalyan continues between the two sides of the channel, which connects Lake Köyceğiz to the Mediterranean Sea. The boats that float among the reeds are the most common means of transportation to the touristic points. The reflection of the rock tombs that are from the 4th century BC, located on the mountain shoulders, on the water at night is a spectacular scene of Dalyan. Dalyan is a Special Environment Protection Zone. It looks like a natural maze because of the reeds. The coast of the channel is alive with natural habitats. The reeds clean the waters, house the fish, and prevent bad odor and erosion. Today’s Dalyan is a place where the naturalists from around the world observe the natural habitats. It is possible to catch both sweet and salt-water fish when you cast a fishing line at the channel. Bream, gray mullet, bass, european eel, blue crab, and red mullet are among them. If you catch a large bass, don’t be surprised. Also, 154 bird species have been living around the vicinity.
The second best protected beach of the world
Selected as the second best protected beach of the world and the most important caretta caretta beach of Turkey, Iztuzu is one of the rare beaches with its fine yellow sands and its location. The beach is 5.5 km long. The natural life is rich. Lizards, snakes, crabs, and turtles can be seen at the beach and among the reeds behind the beach. You can reach one end to the other in 45 minutes by brisk walking.
Another Dalyan that reflects in the water
It is hard to guess the quietness of Dalyan at night by looking at its liveliness during day. Watch the reflections of the rock tombs at the Happy Caretta’s porch when the moon is full. Climb to Radar to feel like flying over Dalyan-Köyceğiz. Watch caretta carettas that go on the surface of water to breathe. Row a boat under the moonlight. Go to the other side by the boats of the village women who transport passengers between the two villages. Take a mud bath one night that is recommended by the locals. Take a walk at the ancient city of Kaunos in the evening.
Kaunos Tours organizes many activities.
The flavor of the Datça almonds at Özlü is matchless.
Try the sardine wraps in grape leaves and gum flavored pudding with carob at Fevzi’s Place.